Hip-Hop Fans In Wisconsin Fall Victim To Ticket Scam
Fans of hip-hop legends Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature and Warren G have fallen victim to an elaborate ticketing scam worth thousands of dollars, after criminals conned local promoters in La Crosse, Wisconsin...
A group of local promoters in La Crosse, Wisconsin were hoping to stage ‘Hip-Hop 2011 Monsters of Hip-Hop Show’ on August 20. A significant number of tickets for the proposed event had already been sold before the scam was uncovered. General admission tickets cost $32.50 while some fans who had hoped to meet their idols purchased VIP passes that set them back $100.
A.J. Peterson and Michael Foster were among the group of local promoters who were helping to organise the show and in an interview with LaCrosseTribune.com, Foster insists that they were not trying to defraud anyone: “I've been in the La Crosse area too long. I work in the area. My kids go to school here. There's no way we were trying to defraud anyone.”
Cypress Hill posted an update on their website labelling the show “a fraud” as they will be in Los Angeles on the proposed date of the show. As soon as Peterson and Foster discovered that Cypress Hill would not be able to perform they stopped selling tickets for the show and lost all contact with the third-party booking agent.
Cypress Hill weren’t the only act who would have needed to be in two places at once to perform at the show. Naughty By Nature will be in Japan on August 20, while Warren G will be touring Europe.
Peterson and Foster were hopeful of being able to reschedule the show for a later date, but in a statement on the event’s Facebook page the organisers have announced that the show has been cancelled due to “association of scam.”
One piece of good news to come from the episode is that despite being scammed out of a concert those who purchased tickets for the event will not lose their money as refunds are being offered -after it emerged that no money had been sent from the local promoters to the third-party booking agent.
Foster breathed a sigh of relief when he said: "It could've been a lot worse. It's definitely a lesson learned."
Words: Stephen Almond (@LFCSteAL)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)